In addition to ministering to the immediate needs and hurts of people, God also calls us to engage those structures and systems which create or foster brokenness and injustice. Central responds by seeking to speak out boldly, faithfully, prophetically and effectively on issues in our church, and in our society. We are guided by our understanding that “successful” advocacy is faithful advocacy, in which we listen carefully for the voice of God, and earnestly seek to discern God’s will as to where and when we should be advocating in church and civic arenas. The Issues and Advocacy Committee is the vehicle through which Central identifies priority areas for advocacy and responds through education and action in our church, our denomination, and city, state, and national government.
Central has long been an advocate for various issues and a partner of various advocacy organizations:
In 2010, Central’s session proposed an overture to the 219th General Assembly of the PC(USA) to reaffirm its opposition to capital punishment and call for a moratorium on all executions. Central supports Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty.
In 2008, Central youth wrote a Commissioners Resolution, endorsed by Central’s session, to encourage youth participation at the General Assembly, including allowing youth under 18 to serve as volunteers.
Central was a founding congregation and is a continuing supporter of Covenant Network, a group of clergy and lay leaders dedicated to furthering the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the PC(USA).
Central supports Central Outreach and Advocacy Center in its advocacy initiatives calling our community to build better structures of care and dismantle systems that cause homelessness.
Central is a member church of Presbyterians for a Better Georgia, a partnership of Atlanta Presbyterian churches dedicated to working together to influence the legislative process in our state.
For the 2012-2013 year, the Issues and Advocacy Committee has identified three priority issues for advocacy:
Learn more about the pursuit of quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare in Georgia from Georgians for a Healthy Future.
Learn more about the pursuit to end the death penalty in Georgia from Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Learn more about criminal justice from the Pew Center on the States. Learn more about juvenile criminal justice from the Barton Child Law and Policy Center of Emory.
Learn more about the pursuit to bring peace with justice to Israel and the Palestinian territories from the Israel/Palestine Mission Network.
Central is going on a delegation to Israel/Palestine May 25-June 7, 2013, to learn about the land and conflict from the people who live there and how best to advocate for a just peace. Learn more about the delegation here. Contact Kate Taber if you are interested.
Write to and meet with your legislators! Find their contact information here.